|2009 Rancho Alamitos Track Yearbook|
I recently received copies of two track and field annual publications from a high school in California , Rancho Alamitos coached by Darryl Taylor who has been coaching at Rancho Alamitos 1965-66 school year until his retirement in 2004 and then for another seven years until 2011. I can truly say that this annual book that Darryl puts together for his kids is a unique work that few high school or college athletes will ever have to remember their days on their team. The humble beginning is on mimeograph paper a modest 29 pages and two pages of photos on card stock. In the 2009 issue, Darryl goes into great detail about every meet and every race his kids have run for the whole year. Their relay splits, times and progression throughout the season are all detailed. He did similar work in the 1966 early issue as well, but there wasn't as much data to process early in his coaching career. He covers the 800, 1600, 3200 for both the boys and girls and 880, mile and 2 miles, back when those distances mattered.. Now in 2009 there are-all time lists at three levels Gold, Silver, and Bronze that runners can strive to move up to. It is a tremendous motivational tool. There are color photos of almost every runner in every race they ran for the year. Darryl has done this every year for every student he has coached. It is an incredible life's work and a monument to his devotion to his athletes and to his sport. He also breaks performances down in to all time best for each class year Freshmen, Soph's etc. Those lists are 20 deep. He lists great same day Middle Distance Doubles 30 deep. It just goes on and on. The 2009 issue is approximately 175 pages long.
|2009 New Hall of Fame Members|
|Tom Baird Winning the 1967|
Garden Grove City League Mile Finals in 4:22.1
|1967 Record Setters (UL) Ted Bechtel, (UR) Rusty Nelson|
(LL) Sid Williams , (LR) Tom Baird
We will not be too shy to put Darryl's picture in here running for Long Beach State against John Bork and a more recent picture of Darryl and his wife. All the best to you, Darryl.
Keep up the good work....I forwarded the Memorial Day story to Billy Mills.
will be in Tahoe in a few days for this seven man relay around the lake...... each guy runs about 10 miles...and one of our runners was also a wide receiver at Stanford and much better shape than yours truly."